Monday, 14 August 2017

Time Flies

 I don't think anyone is ever completely prepared for parenthood.
All the planning in the world couldn't possibly prepare you for the range of emotions that having a child brings; it's strange, hard, wonderful, scary and joyful often at the same time!
The first few months are so very new but there's usually much more time to focus your full attention on that little person. We took so many photo's of TJ; smiling, playing, his first taste of food, learning to walk, holidays, Christmas and birthdays. I spend evenings putting a scrapbook together of memories and printing photos out for the albums as I just had more time to do it! 
People said to me that going from one child to two was the most difficult transition but in all honesty I haven't found it to be that hard; I worried a lot about how the one who had be given our complete attention would cope with having to share us but we've been so impressed with how well he's dealt with the changes and now it's like our little E has always been here. The most difficult part of having two children for me has been the time factor. I have to make sure I distribute it as evenly as I can and still fit in time for everything else that needs doing! Although two doesn't seem like a lot our days often pass by in a blur and I'm always wondering by Friday just where the week has got to!
This last year has gone by ridiculously fast; it feels like last week that we brought our second baby boy home from the hospital. As much as I'd like to say that I have managed to record just as many milestones as I did with TJ, I just can't! Thankfully phones have great cameras now and mine is always full of pictures of the boys; but up until recently I've never actually had any photos printed off from his first year...! It really is just getting the time to choose them, go through them checking each one and actually ordering them. I'd never seen something like the Cheerz Baby Memory boxes and instantly loved the idea. The box is designed to hold all of your first year photos (and more), neatly categorised by month and ready to fill with all your favourites. It definitely appeals to my organisational "Monica" side! The best part of this lovely gift though, for me, is that it comes pre-loaded with a code ready to use for your prints. All you have to do is activate it on the site and you can add to your collection anytime throughout the year. 
As I've mentioned before having used the Cheerz site, it is so simple to upload your photos from your computer; you can easily transfer them from Instagram, Facebook or your Google drive and they don't take a lifetime to upload(hooray!)When you sign in your photos are saved so you can keep coming back to them whenever you get time which is  brilliant for busy mums and dads who don't want to lose their precious ones memories to their hard drive.
I had these printed from little E's first year and went for a traditional size and glossy finish; When they arrived I had such a feeling of nostalgia, getting your prints back in their paper wallet, being able to hold them and actually look at them properly! The quality was perfect and they just felt so special; it really means so much to have them to look back on. As well as letting us review their gorgeous boxes Cheerz have kindly given me a code for 10% off any £20 spend on their site 6BJTHL ; you can also use SAL8CR for £4 off anything (I get a referral reward too)
The Cheerz Baby memory Box is beautiful and I know for sure what I'll be gifting the next new mama I know; they're the perfect family keepsake. 

NB post in Collaboration with Cheerz however all opinions are entirely our own


Saturday, 5 August 2017

In The Bag {Ft. Child's Farm}

I don't know about other mum's but leaving the house with two little ones I often feel like I'm carrying everything in my bag but the kitchen sink! To be fair TJ has just turned five so there's a few less things he needs but you can still guarantee he's going to want a drink/tissue/snack/plaster/ random Lego man at some point in the day.
 I did buy myself a lovely baby changing bag just before little E was born but since he started to get on the move I realised I needed something a bit easier to carry and a bit more robust for days out. I picked up my gorgeous Cath Kidston bag (as a birthday treat to me!) a few months ago and I love it. It's really lightweight -which is obviously needed, has plenty of space for a multitude of things and is just so very pretty and flowery. Which I need. Being the only girl in the house.
Although my bag looks pretty it's usually concealing the messy contents of a day with two little guys; mostly soggy muslin cloths, broken biscuits, "treasures" that TJ needs me to look after (i.e flowers and rocks from his travels!), sticky toys and other such delights!
Depending on where we're going that day I tend to pack different things as we might need them like changes of clothes and extra toys but I always carry the essentials wherever we go. Simply because I know we'll need them as we always do. I always make sure I have drinks for both boys as well as a little snack as I know at some point they'll be thirsty, hungry or just grumpy! I always keep a couple of Piccolo pouches in there because they both love them. 
Nappies and wipes are the obvious first check whenever we leave the house; Little E, being a wild one, is in pull-ups now as they're much comfier for him to wriggle about in and there's no way he'd lay down to be changed anymore!
Wipes are a must have in any Mama's bag; they're always needed for a quick nappy change, dirty faces or sticky hands.
 I'm always on the lookout for good wipes for sensitive skin as both boys have skin that irritates quickly, so I was looking forward to giving these from Child's Farm a try. I'm pleased that to say that they didn't disappoint; as well as being really gentle and soft on skin they're also naturally derived and completely biodegradable which is great news for the environment considering the amount of wipes this house gets through! Although one type is unscented, both have Child farm's Happy skin promise™ and are suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin. Child's Farm have built up a great reputation for being amazing on the most sensitive skin and are trusted by many parents with children who suffer from all different types of skin conditions. 
I really love these bright little packs of wipes; I found them to work really well, smell lovely and fresh and didn't cause any irritation whatsoever to either of our boys skin. They're a perfect essential for our everyday messiness at home and keeping on hand in the bag!
Generally when it comes to the things you'll use everyday, especially when it comes to small people, once you find something that works it tends to stick and I think we'll be sticking with these. There are of course a lot of different and cheaper wipes out there, but if you've got children who get itches and rashes easily from scents and chemicals. you want something you know is safe and won't leave them feeling uncomfortable for hours.
Its the simple things that make life that bit easier and it's one less thing to have to worry about!

What are your essentials for when you're out with little ones?

NB Post in collaboration with Child's Farm however all opinions are entirely our own

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